Hanoi, actually are two words: HÀ & NỘI in Vietnamese. HÀ means River and NỘI means Inside, HÀ NỘI means the area of land inside the rivers (covered by Red Rivers and Day River). For foreigners, the name of the city is known as one word: HANOI.
Hanoi city is now getting more modern but it still owns traditional Vietnamese charming features with old French boulevards, narrow and busy streets in the Old Quarter and a complete different in the developing new urban areas surround. Hanoi city has status equivalent to a size of a province with urban and rural areas.
You are going to Hanoi soon and not knowing what clothes to pack, where to eat and drink, or how to pick the best shopping spot? Check out this guide for information on all Hanoi-related things.